5.11.2011

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cake:  Its roots go back to Great Britain and the 1700s.   Its first cookbook appearance was in 1796 in American Cookery: or, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Puff-pastes, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves, and all kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to plain Cake by Amelia Simmons.  Since then, this wonderfully yummy cake has been adapted by everyone, to suit any need. 
Why was it called pound cake?  Traditionally, it contained a pound each of butter (4 sticks) , flour (3 cups) , sugar (2 cups)  and eggs (6 whole).     The Brits added extra eggs and dried fruits, such as currants or raisins.  The French kept the original ratio, but added chocolate or lemon juice.  In the southern US, its pretty much in its original form,  except sour cream has been added in place of some of the butter. 

When I was getting married, my cousin Suzanne gave me a bridal shower.  This is the cake she served with strawberries and whipped cream.   I serve this cake very often.  It is light and delicious and makes a beautiful arrangement on the plate, sliced and placed in a circle.  I have used strawberries, raspberries, swirled chocolate sauce over the top.  The sky is the limit with what you can do with this versatile cake.   Enjoy!     - Hawley Barrett

Sour Cream Pound Cake

½ lb (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions)
2 ½ c sugar
6 eggs
3 cups flour
½ t baking soda
1 c sour cream
2 t lemon juice
1 t lemon zest

In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. 

In a separate bowl, whisk baking soda into the flour.
In another small bowl, mix together the sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest.

With mixer on medium, alternate adding the sour cream mix and the flour mix into the butter mixture. 

Pour batter into a very well greased and floured Bundt or tube pan. 

Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes (checking with a toothpick for desired doneness). 

Be prepared for a yummy treat!